Service Command Lateral Movementedit

Identifies use of sc.exe to create, modify, or start services on remote hosts. This could be indicative of adversary lateral movement but will be noisy if commonly done by admins.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

sequence by process.entity_id with maxspan=1m [process where
event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
/* uncomment once in winlogbeat */ ( == "sc.exe" /*
or == "sc.exe" */ ) and
/* case insensitive */ wildcard(process.args, "\\\\*") and
wildcard(process.args, "binPath=*", "binpath=*") and
(process.args : "create" or process.args : "config" or
process.args : "failure" or process.args : "start")] [network
where : "sc.exe" and destination.ip != ""]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.11.0 release)
  • Formatting only